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Nelson Chooses BRI for Fiber Internet

The Nelson County Broadband Authority has Chosen Blue Ridge InternetWorks to Operate and Manage The County’s Fiber Network

Nelson County To Become An American Fibertown

Nelson County, Virginia, December 5, 2012: Nelson County is days from full deployment of a 30 mile fiber optic network and has chosen Blue Ridge InternetWorks (BRI) to manage the new network. This means high-speed, fiber-optic Internet is headed to Nelson County.

The Nelson County broadband project constructed a fiber optic middle mile network designed to provide a state of the art high-speed fiber optic backbone extending generally through the center of Nelson County from north to south, providing the ‘highway’ for private providers to enhance and expand broadband internet services in the county. Generally speaking the network runs from Afton through Greenfield and Lovingston ending in Colleen.

Blue Ridge InternetWorks will also be a private internet service provider using the network to deliver high-speed Internet services to customers within the County.

Our goal is to bring affordable first class internet services to Nelson County. We are thrilled to have Blue Ridge on the Nelson County team. They are already working to design service offerings and packages to bring our local businesses and residents up to higher Internet speed,” says Thomas Bruguiere, Broadband Authority Chairman.

This is a middle mile network,” says Baylor Fooks, founder of Blue Ridge InternetWorks. “This means we cannot promise super high speed Internet to everyone in Nelson County. What it does mean is that we are assessing need and will likely be provisioning the areas with the deepest concentration first.”

Kick off for high speed Internet in Nelson begins in 2013. The County maintains a very unique topography so BRI will be analyzing the network on a case-by-case basis. Fortunately this involves citizen and business feedback and input.

Honestly this begins with consumers telling us what they need,” says Jeff Cornejo, of Blue Ridge InternetWorks. “We really want to know who to serve first. To that we’d like consumers to go to our website or call us to register their interest. It’s the absolute key to getting high speed Internet coverage in your boardroom or living room in 2013.

If you live or work in Nelson County tell us where you need high speed Internet by visiting http://www.briworks.com/access/broadband-in-nelson or call 434-951-7999 to give us your information.


Nelson County Broadband Authority
The Nelson County Board of Supervisors serves as the Broadband Authority which oversees the network. The project was funded by Federal ARRA funding, Commonwealth of Virginia block grants and local government funding. Additional information is available on the NTIA Broadband USA project site.

Blue Ridge InternetWorks
Blue Ridge InternetWork’s headquarters and data center are located in Charlottesville, VA. Founded in 2000, BRI offers hosting, IT services and high-speed Internet access. BRI has a staff of 25 employees. This team plans, designs, implements and maintains high-speed data networks for more than 1500 customers.